FOLK/TRADITIONAL - MUSIC
The American Spiritual Ensemble is a collection of classically trained vocalist under the direction of Everett McCorvey. Founded in 1995, with a mission to have audiences realize the difference between spirituals and gospel music, the members of the American Spiritual Ensemble have sung in theaters and opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and abroad in Italy, Germany, Britain, Scotland, Spain, and Japan.
The Ensemble recently finished their summer by performing at the countdown celebration for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Their new cd entitled The Spirit of the Holidays is now available!
Learn more about the American Spiritual Ensemble
Enjoy an educational and inspirational 12-minute video about the history of the American Negro Spiritual and the American Spiritual Ensemble!
VISUAL ARTS - PAINTING
Amy Pleasant is a gifted figurative artist. Upon receiving her B.F.A from the School of the Arts Institute in Chicago in 1994 and M.F.A from the Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, P.A. in 1999, Amy held solo exhibitions across the country. Her work has been on exhibit at venues both in the U.S. & abroad. Venues such as The Birmingham Museum of Art, AL., The Columbus Museum of Art, GA, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., The U. S. Embassy in Prague and Czech Republic.
Currently, Amy is the 2010-2011 artist in residence at the Coleman Center for the Arts in York, AL. "This is a unique opportunity to explore a part of Alabama that I am a stranger to. This upcoming year will involve site visits, research, and community projects, all culminating in a final public work and gallery exhibition to open Fall 2011," stated Amy.
Amy's latest project entitled Suspended is on display in the Birmingham's Museum of Art's sculpture garden. This particular wall drawing was created in public and the artist and museum are planning a public erasure during museum hours after the conclusion of the exhibit.
Learn more about Amy
Watch as Amy creates her site-specific drawing installation!
CRAFT - WOOD
Brenda Stein is a studio artist currently living in Nashville, TN. She received her Bachelors' degree from the University of Wisconsin training under wood turning masters Ray Key, David Elisworth, John Jordan, and the late Charles Alvis. As a wood turner, Brenda creates gallery quality art that moves the viewer by combining the beauty of the individual characteristics of Tennessee woods with a strong form to support that beauty.
"By making one of a kind turned art pieces out of felled trees, I not only rescue the trees, but also preserve their essence. My bowls embody strong, classic, and substantive form to do justice to the ancient walnut or the sweet cherry tree. I wish to lift each turned piece out of the mundane into the realm of consciousness that inspires viewers to form a deeper connection with the natural wonders in their own lives," said Brenda.
Learn more about Brenda
Listen to our Podcast interview with Brenda!
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